Yesterday, I heard that the Defense Secretary Hagal has new Ebola quarantine guidelines for returning soldiers from the Ebola nations in South Africa. They said that the recommendation came down from the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The day before on October 28th, President Obama chided our state governments for placing quarantine rules for health workers returning from these same areas.
I agree with the President that it would be better to defeat this disease over in the nations where it is epidemic in proportion, but I do not see why we have to place this country in risk while trying to do so.
I disagree with him on rebuking the states. I hope the state’s continue to place quarantine rules, and I also hope our courts will back us up. One nurse now in Maine threatens to sue to lift the quarantine.
Also, California has joined the other major states in setting a quarantine. This certainly reaches across party lines.
It must also reach across our President’s administrative lines, as well. Though the President isn’t a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he does appoint them; and he is Commander-in-Chief of the US Military Armed Forces. The Secretary of Defense reports directly to him.
So he’s rebuking states for doing this, but he is quiet while his military does the same thing. Interesting.
On another note it was reported that there are 42 military personnel already in quarantine at a base in Italy.